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  • 1. Part One
  • 2. Seagulls in general …never falter, never stall …to stall in air for them is disgrace and dishonor …don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flying – from shore to food and back again …its not flying that matter, but food
  • 3. But Jon was different!!! • For Jonathan, it was flying that mattered and not the food • Made it hard for him to be like rest • He was just bone and feathers • His parents would always ask him concentrate on food and not flying
  • 4. For Him… • The subject was ‘speed’ • In just 6 sec, he would fly at 70 miles/hr as he would come down • Of all ten trials, as he did this, he burst into a churning mass of feathers, out of control, crashing down into the water • Then in 10 secs, he could blurred through 90 miles/ hr – a world speed record for seagulls
  • 5. And Victories are short-lived… • The instant he changed the angle of his wings, he snapped into a terrible uncontrollable disaster • He exploded in midair and smashed down into the brick-hard sea • His wings were ragged bars of lead, but the weight of failure was even heavier • Discouraged, he decided to be a normal seagull
  • 6. But he made it again!!! • A hollow voice restricted his to fly in the dark, for that is required owl’s eye and falcon’s short wings – yes that’s the answer • Again climbed 2000 feet and shot himself against the sea @ 140 and back to 70 • Set a new altitude of 5000 feet instead of 2000 • His vows for that moment were forgotten; felt guiltless of the promises he made to himself
  • 7. Not understood by the flock… • His act was not appreciated, but discouraged • He was asked to leave the community • His one sorrow was not solitude, but that other gulls refused to believe his glory
  • 8. A new life • He would not remain on fish and stale bread • He would sleep in air, learned to ride the high winds of far inland, to dine on delicate insects • Learned new lessons and no sorry • He discovered that fear and anger is the reason for short life and he was happy he lived a long fine life indeed!!!
  • 9. And another school… • Two gulls flew along him at a precise and constant inch from him • Jonathan put them to test @ 190 miles/hr • “We’ve come to take higher, to take you home. One school is over and the time has come for another to begin” • “I am ready” said Jonathan and the bright gulls disappeared into a perfect dark sky
  • 10. Part Two
  • 11. Into a new world • Jonathan was flying at 273 miles/hr • They landed on a land, welcomed by many gulls • For these gulls, the most important thing was to reach out and touch perfection in that they most loved to do, and that was to fly • Jon now started practicing with Sullivan
  • 12. The Flight of Ideas!!! • Jon met another elder gull Chiang, who explained to him ‘Heaven is being perfect’ and ‘perfection doesn’t have limits’ • “To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is,” Chiang said, “you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived ...” • “Forget about faith! You don’t need faith to fly, you need to understand flying”
  • 13. Back to the old world • Fletcher Lynd Seagull, a next generation gull agreed to take lessons from Jon • He believed that flapping wings is not flying… even a mosquito does that!!! • “I don’t care what they think. I’ll show them what flying is! I’ll be pure Outlaw, if that’s the way they want it. And I’ll make them so sorry ...” • Fletch started to learn lessons…the Level Flight
  • 14. Part Three
  • 15. Good times… • By the end of six months, Jon had six more students • Fletch suggested to go back and inspire other birds of the flock to join • “Well, we don’t have to obey the law if we’re not a part of the Flock, do we?” he said • And all eight of them pulled sharply and flew all the way around to a dead-slow stand-up landing
  • 16. Contd. • Jon stood along with the students, demonstrating, suggesting, pressuring, guiding • After a month, the first gull of the flock crossed the line • Slowly, by next day sunrise, thousands of them joined • “The only true law is that which leads to freedom,” Jonathan said. “There is no other.”
  • 17. Contd. • The crowd grew larger everyday, coming to question, to idolize, to scorn • Fletch said to Jon, ‘the crowd thinks you are the son of the Great Gull himself, then you are thousand years ahead of your time” • Jon sighed it as the price of being misunderstood – Either they call you devil, or they call you god
  • 18. One day at practice session… • At seven thousand miles and two hundred miles/hr speed, a young bird calling for its mother, came in the way of Fletch • Fletch snapped hard to the left into a hard granite cliff • “What are you doing here? The cliff! Haven’t I ... didn’t I ... die?”
  • 19. Jon’s explanation • What Fletch did manage to do was to change your level of consciousness rather abruptly • 2 choices – to stay here or go to the mob, and Fletch chose to go to the mob • Surprised mob couldn’t believe and some called him devil, some called him god
  • 20. And the life goes on… • And next morning, everyone had forgotten • Jon asked Fletch to continue teaching, while Jon would find other Fletchers!!! • And Fletcher started a new group with the first lesson…
  • 21. The First Lesson… • “To begin with,” he said heavily, “you’ve got to understand that a seagull is an unlimited idea of freedom, an image of the Great Gull, and your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip, is nothing more than your thought itself.” • And, the race to learn had begun.
  • 22. Lessons Learnt
  • 23. • Believe in Yourself! • Perfection is limitless!! • Be the change you want to!!! • Being different is not being outlaw!!!!
  • 24. Thank You!